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5. Language focus: Present Perfect and Past Simple

  1. Study the forms of the irregular verbs: become - became - become come - came - come go - went - gone lead - led - led rise - rose - risen set - set - set

  2. Complete the following company profile with either the Present Perfect or Past Simple tense of the verbs in brackets.

Unit I Interview & CV

Introduction 1

The CV - curriculum vitae or resume is a summary of your history and professional qualifications. Read the samples below. It should be noted that a resume and CV can be structured differently and may vary in length from one page to three.

1. Before reading circle in the list the words and expressions you know. After reading tick in the list the words and expressions you realized without dictionary.

permanent residency Bachelor of Arts Master of Arts part-time secretary DOB (date of birth) responsibilities experience references

representation working out current position leisure interests promotion action available upon request computer proficiency presentable appearance

Sample 1:

Resume Patricia A. Rundle

41 Greentree road, Falmouth, va, 02540


tel: (508)5482353

Date of birth Nationality:

August 23, 1974 - London, England British citizen, possessing US Alien Registration and permanent residency


1998 - 2001 Bedford College, London University, London Bachelor of Arts - Architecture 2001 - 2004 University College, London University, London, Master of Arts - Urban design 1998 - 2000 Part-time secretary, Barnabas construction London, England.


2001 -2002 Assistant to the Director, Pilgrim Hall

The organizational structure of a British company is as follows: the Managing Director is responsible for running the whole company, and is accountable to the Board. He is assisted by four executive departments. Theses are: Human Resources (Personnel) department, Management Services department. Finance department, Research & Development department (R&D).

Human Resources Dpt. is responsible for personnel, training and management development.

Finance Dpt. takes care of corporate finance and accounting.

Management Services Dpt. is in charge of rationalization throughout the


R&D Dpt. is responsible for new product development.

Under the Managing Director there are five Regional Managers; each of them is responsible for the day-to-day management of a territory (North, South-East, West and Central Regions). The five regions are supported by two sections - Marketing and Technical Services. In addition to the parent there are several subsidiaries.

The subsidiaries report to the Export Sales department, which in turn is accountable to the Board.

Export and Sales Dpt. is responsible for selling the company’s product. Technological Dpt. is responsible for the mode of production and elaborating new technologies.

Marketing Dpt. is in charge of marketing activities of the company.

Production Dpt. deals with all aspects of production.

Promotion Dpt. is in charge of advertising activities.

Commercial Dpt. is responsible for trading activities of the company.

Board of Directors performs three main functions: appoints the administration, considers general policy questions, makes corporate decision and exercises control over the activities of administration. It also sees to it that the enterprise (business) can yield profits, that shareholders can get high income on their stocks, and it must also analyze its own activities.

The highest managerial organ of a Stock Company is the Assembly of Shareholders which elects the Board of Directors, and the letter elect their supreme governor.

There are many types of business organizations:

limited company (firm where shareholders liability is limited); multinational company (organization operating in several countries);

  • parent company (company which owns another);

  • subsidiary company (firm owned by a parent one);

  • holding company (parent company without commercial activity);

  • public company (company whose shares are publicly available);

• private company (company whose shares are not publicly available);

  • nationalized company (company owned by the state);

  • offshore company (firm based in a tax haven to avoid higher taxation); cooperative (democratic firm owned by workers).